Originally Posted by toby10
In that scenario the video portion of an AVR is indeed redundant.
But where the video portion of an AVR can be very useful is numerous, if needed or desired.
For me the video portion is neither needed nor desired, and I can't find products where I only pay for what I need. Is there a category of equipment that can decode all the multichannel audio formats and let the user control the mix? A category that does not include video, and doesn't even include audio amplification?
I just need audio decoding, and mix control to line level pre-outs. Under 'AV Processors' I have found the Outlaw 975 and Emotiva UMC-200, both for around $600, but would like to spend much less if possible. I fear I'm stuck at this price point however...
Is it possible to find (and only pay for) just a simple Audio (A) processor? I'm looking at entry level AV recievers, but even the ones with pre-outs don't make it clear whether I can control which signal goes where. Some have only one RCA pre-out, and I'm not confident I can mute the subwoofer, use the center channel speaker output, and send the rest of the channels to my 2 channel stereo. Thanks for any help...